Our Policies

Programming POLICY

AIM

At Little Explorer’s Early Learning Centre we aim to provide a programme that encourages children’s active involvement in a variety of planned and spontaneous activities and experiences. We aim to develop and encourage children’s curiosity and interest in their surroundings.

REASON

A high quality programme provides a safe and nurturing environment that meets and promotes the children’s physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development.

IMPLEMENTATION

1. The programme includes a balance of

  • active and passive activities.
  • Indoors and outdoors experiences.
  • Individual, small group and large group experiences.
  • Structured and unstructured experiences
  • Experiences for the development of each child’s social, emotional, fine and gross motor, cognitive,
  • language, creative and sensory skills as well as health and nutrition education.

2. The Program must also

  • have an anti-bias approach, giving all children access to all activities.
  • be flexible.
  • have opportunities for the children to make choices and take on new challenges.
  • will foster creative development and aesthetic awareness
  • encourage a relationship with parents as the family has the most important influences on a child’s development.
  • Mutual trust and respect and the sharing of information provides continuity of care for children to feel secure and expand their learning capacity.
  • Include a multicultural perspective, respecting each family’s culture and language, looking at similarities as well as differences.
  • foster a positive self-concept in the children.
  • foster intellectual language development.
  • Program must be displayed for parents to view and discuss with staff.

Children’s learning journeys and portfolios are now recorded in the Childcarers app. Daily updates are sent to parents via email or through the app. See a snapshot of your child’s day which includes eating and sleeping routines, activities and photographs. (app available via Googleplay or the Apple store). Each parent has login to their own website with access to news, policies, forms, relevant websites and daily updates

Staff , children and families will work as a team in preparing and implementing the program, which is planned to reflect the centre philosophy, aims, goals, and interests of the children. The development of the program is ongoing and involves decision making and also evaluation throughout the day.

When planning the program staff ensure that opportunities are given for children to initiate and maintain their own play. The program provides a balance between safe and challenging environments to inspire the children to explore and ask questions.

Modifications will be made in the environment for children with special needs. Staff may make appropriate, professional referrals where necessary, in consultation with the parents.

PROGRAM EVALUATION.

Each day staff will evaluate the program. Program evaluation is the process of identifying and assessing the implemented program. An essential part of this process is the assessment of the children’s progress in order to develop programs according to the individual child’s development and to communicate this information to the parents. It is at the evaluation stage that improvements or modifications to program plans are made, and ideas and decisions from the children are recorded and followed up in future programs.

 

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